Sister Stanislaus Kennedy was the first religious sister ever to receive an honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College, Dublin. She joined the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1958 and has become one of the most influential social innovators of her time. She founded Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Young Social Innovators, and established The Sanctuary - a place of peace and meditation set in the heart of Dublin. She has written several bestselling books, including her autobiography The Road Home, Day by Day, Seasons of Hope and To Live from the Heart - meditations on mindfulness. She lives in Dublin.
Veteran journalist Gene Kerrigan is the author of four acclaimed novels, the most recent of which, The Rage, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year.
George Kimball spent a quarter-century as a sports columnist for the Boston Herald and wrote the popular American At Large column in the Irish Times from 1997. In 1985 he was awarded the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He covered nearly 400 world-title fights in a four-decade long sports writing career and his bestselling book Four Kings has been acclaimed as one of the best books ever written on boxing. Sadly, George Kimball died in July 2011.
Damian Lawlor, from Kilruane in County Tipperary, is an award-winning journalist and Gaelic Games Correspondent for the Sunday Independent newspaper. He is a presenter with Setanta Sports and also presented Take Your Point on RTE Radio One for two years. Fields Of Fire: The Inside Story Of Hurling's Great Renaissance is his fourth book, following the bestselling I Crossed the Line – the Liam Dunne Story; Working On a Dream – a Year on the Road with the Waterford Footballers, which was runner-up in the 2009 William Hill Sports Book awards; and All In My Head, Lar Corbett's autobiography, which was shortlisted at the Irish Book Awards in 2012.
Donal Lenihan was born in Cork on 12 September 1959 and educated at Christian Brothers School and UCC, leading rugby teams at all age levels, including Ireland schools, and winning multiple honours. A loyal servant of Cork Constitution and Munster, Lenihan won the first of his 52 senior Ireland caps against Australia in November 1981, at the age of 22, and played in eleven Five Nations championships and two World Cups, captaining his country 17 times, before playing his final Test match against Wales in January 1992. He went on to manage both Ireland and the British & Irish Lions and is now a much-respected commentator and analyst of the game for RTE and columnist with the Irish Examiner.